Absolutely! To stay aware of how far America has strayed from her founding principals.
The author is well studied and informed on the subject matter.
His sincerity and humor.
I have read the book twice but couldn't resist listening to Mr. Steyn read it. It is a compelling read from the best columnist alive. If you do not read his weekly column, you absolutely must. I am a big fan.
The sections related to lost manhood and deferred adulthood are excellent, as well as everything on dependency in general. I think Mr. Steyn is exactly right: we have stolen from the future to bribe the present. And in the process we have surrendered many of our freedoms for the "security" a benevolent government promises. It is all an illusion, and ends abruptly with a thud.
This book has pretty much the same message as the books Endgame by John Mauldin and The Real Crash by Peter Schiff. The difference here is that Steyn???s version of the American crash story has much more whit, humor and enthusiasm. He proffers the gloomiest prospective and I feel the most realistic of what will happen when no one wants to buy American bonds. Unfortunately, like the other books, most of the book is stuffed full of discussion of topics that have very little to do with the debt crisis.
Like a good comedian, Mark sees what is happening everyday and shares those observations in his own way to make us laugh. However in this books case there isn't much to laugh at, mostly gasping at the reality of how bad off the good old USA really is. I can see why the political class (both demorats & republiltards) wouldn't like this book because it is calling them out for their dishonesty.
Of course it is nice to hear the author spout all the criticism on liberals and expose their hypocrisy. But what remains most after reading this book is a sense of desperation of a lost battle for liberty. A noble but hopeless cause which can no longer be won. Liberty is dead.
The case for conservatives against the nanny state is also pretty hard to defend. Because he criticizes the nanny state when it bosses its own subjects around, but glorifies the same state when it runs the empire and bosses foreign subjects around. Nanny state is good nanny state is bad. That is why the libertarian/anarchist position packs more punch. It argues consistently against any intrusion with force of one human being in the life of another one. Both by liberals with their nanny state and political correctness and by conservatives with their empires and scary bearded foreigners which need to be fought before they conquer us with their primitive societies.
I do love Mr. Steyn's dry wit. I listened to a few chapters a couple of times to take in all the information. He puts it down very strongly and doesn't mince his words. Kind of like a smack to the face that wakes you up. I will be purchasing another book from his line.